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Hawksmoor-inspired beach hut unwrapped in Folkestone

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Artist Pablo Bronstein has created this beach hut in the style of Nicholas Hawksmoor for the Folkestone Triennial 2014

Commissioned by arts organisation Up Projects, the ten-metre tall folly on Folkestone beachfront is described as how a lighthouse would have looked if it had been designed by the early 18th Century architect.

It is the first sculpture commission which Bronstien has completed in the UK and derives inspiration from the artists previous work, Teatro Alessandro Scarlatti in 2011, which was built for the Migros Museum Für Gegenwartskunst’s sculpture project The Garden of Forking Paths in Zurich, where he built the world’s smallest opera house.

Bronstein has billed the Folkestone hut as a ‘monument to architecture’, adding that there was a clear difference between the architectural references used and its presence as a beach hut in Folkestone.

He said he had encouraged a ‘sense of folly, the ridiculous and fantastic’, and referenced the nature of exotic pleasure architecture such as the Brighton Pavilion in other costal towns.

Up Projects Beach Hut

Emma Underhill, director and curator, UP Projects said: ‘We’ve been looking for an opportunity to commission Pablo Bronstein to create a public artwork for some time and felt that this was the ideal brief to enable him to expand upon previous architectural projects to create an iconic work for Folkestone’s seafront.

‘We are thrilled to be able to contribute such an ambitious project to the Triennial.’

Lewis Biggs, Curator of Folkestone Triennial 2014, said: ‘I proposed to UP Projects that they extend their programme to commission an artist’s beach hut for the Triennial, as both within the scope of their programme and of particular interest for the town’s future. Pablo Bronstein’s playful and beautifully considered response is everything I could have wished for.’

Bronstein’s Beach Hut has been fabricated in steel frame construction and clad in marine ply by local fabricator Holborough Interiors of Folkestone. Pablo Bronstein’s sculpture is an UP Projects production for Folkestone Triennial 2014 realised with a grant from the Creative Foundation.

Folkestone Triennial 2014 opened on Saturday (30 August) and runs until 2 November 2014, featuring 21 newly commissioned artworks including those by Andy Goldsworthy, Alex Hartley, Krijn de Koning, Yoko Ono, Tim Etchells, Muf architecture and Sarah Staton.



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  • I wonder how many people would guess 'its presence as a beach hut' (despite its location) in the face of such strong architectural references - which, to me, suggest some early Victorian public utility, probably a pumping station, and not a lighthouse (despite its location).

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